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Published June 20, 2013
HOPE YOU BEAT THE TRAFFIC: Heat F Chris Bosh said the fans that left Game 6 in the waning seconds of regulation when the Heat were down by five points could watch tonight's game "at home." He said yesterday, "For all those guys who left, make sure they don't come to Game 7. We only want the guys that are going to stay in the building for the whole game." Many fans were upset they were not allow back into the arena Tuesday night after the left, and Bosh said, "You can't get let back in after you leave. I know that, hell, I've been to games. ... You left. That's not punishment, that's protocol" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 6/19). ESPN's Pablo Torre said fans leaving early is "one of the worst things I've ever seen in sports." Torre: "It was indefensible then and it's especially indefensible in retrospect." Denver Post columnist Woody Paige: "You don't go to a game and not stay until the very end when it's the NBA Finals. That wouldn't happen in San Antonio." L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke: "It actually adds to the whole legend of the game the fact that you see them trying to run back in" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 6/19). CBS Sports Network's Doug Gottlieb said, “The Heat fans aren’t real basketball fans.” CBSSN's Allie LaForce added, “They're just there for the party. There’s a club in the arena.” Miami-based WQAM-AM's Danny Rabinowitz: "The fans that actually attend the games down here are not the best representation of the fans of Miami, which is why I think we get a little bit of a bad rap” ("Lead Off," CBSSN, 6/19). CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler said, "Fans like in Philly and the Red Sox fans -- they may be unfair at times, but at least they care. These fans of the Heat are just indifferent.” FoxSports.com columnist Jen Floyd Engel: “If you bail on that game, aren’t you smart enough to keep walking and not (be) the idiot at the door?" (“Rome,” CBS Sports Network, 6/19).
KEEPING THINGS IN CHECK: A South Florida SUN-SENTINEL editorial states, "Win or lose tonight, Heat fans -- and we're talking about real Heat fans, not the ones who famously left American Airlines Arena early Tuesday night, then tried unsuccessfully to get back inside, missing the remarkable Game 6 comeback -- should keep one thing in mind: This is a Heat team that any sports city in America would die for" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 6/20).